Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Long Weekend in Rome Part 2

By the time we finished the Vatican it was still early afternoon so we decided to press on and see the Colosseum. I know, we are overachievers :)

The Colosseum is AWESOME. I mean, as a history nerd, being able to see it in person, to go inside and imagine what it would've been like to be there was mind boggling. And it's so well preserved! It was unreal. Visiting the Colosseum was also awesome because we bought the Roma Pass, which gives you free public transport, free access to your first two attractions and reduced price for the rest, and most importantly, line jumping privileges. The line at the Colosseum was huge, but we happily sailed by in our own Roma Pass line and got inside (for free!). I told Fionn that made the card worth it for that reason alone!

While walking around the Colosseum we ran into one of Fionn's college classmates who's also now in Germany. Small world! We walked around a little more before admitting that our feet were killing us and it was probably time to call it a day.

Our first thought was, hey! early dinner! Until we realized Italians don't eat til 7 or 8 and it was only 5. We stopped at a very Italian cafe/bakery where we had the most delicious cappuccino I've ever had and some pastries. It took some language mix ups with the non English speaking staff but we finally managed. I really wish I'd learned some Italian!

Yes, please!

We finally decided to picnic in our room and hit up a grocery store for salads, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pesto, and some juice. It ended up being so delicious and actually really fun to camp out in our hotel room for dinner. Fun times :)

For our last day in Rome we decided to visit the Roman ruins of the Roman forum, Palatine Hill, and the Imperial Forum. I had a total nerd moment visiting the ruins. It was seriously one of the coolest places I've ever been. I just kept running around saying, "Do you see this?? Look at that!! WOW!" Fionn snapped photos :)

I was so excited I couldn't stop smiling

There was just so much to look at. So much coolness! Since we got there early it wasn't crazy crowded either. Bonus!

While we were walking around we ran into the sister of a college boyfriend of mine. It was a very unexpected surprise and really nice to see her. She's studying abroad in Italy this semester. Kind of funny to have 2 chance encounters with people from our past in one weekend!

After meeting our Roman ruin quota for the day, we stumbled upon the Mouth of Truth (it's supposed to bite your hand off if you've lied) but didn't get any pictures. We spent the rest of the day walking around, visiting some shops, and eating canoli. Ok, well I ate the canoli(s). :) There is so much to see and do in Rome, I think if you have a limited amount of time like we did you have to just accept that you won't see everything and just enjoy what you can see. And wow did we enjoy what we did! :)

That night we found an Ethiopian restaurant and pretty much stuffed ourselves with all its tasty goodness. Fionn asked me to look up Ethiopian recipes to try at home. haha, we'll see how THAT turns out!

And so, our long weekend came to a close. We hopped our flight to Munich, unpacked, and welcomed the cold and ice back into our lives. Well, maybe not so much "welcomed" as accepted...Italy, we miss you already!

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